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The Paraglider Podcast
29 minutes | Nov 22, 2018
Solo Vol Biv and Hike and Fly Comps
Kinga Masztalerz is a Polish pilot who spends half her year in New Zealand and the other in Europe, chasing an eternal summer. She is one of the very, very few women to undertake big solo vol biv trips and has crossed the Southern Alps in New Zealand and the Dolomites in Italy on her own. A hard-core climber, she is physically and mentally very strong and has the fitness and determination to complete these trips. She has just been selected to compete in the 2019 X-Alps - one of only six women ever to get a place. Here she talks about her adventures and motivation. To see her beautiful movies go to her youtube channel.
22 minutes | Jul 7, 2018
Our latest podcast with Matt Senior and Jesse Williams is on dust devils. The Scientific American describes dust devils as small, rotating columns of air that we can see because of the dust and debris they pick up from the ground, resulting from a mini-weather system that occurs when one piece of ground heats up faster than the ground surrounding it on a hot, calm, dry day. They are also defined as heated thermal sources that should have been triggered but have become super heated, so that when they do release they do so with a surprising vehemence. Extremely dangerous near the ground, expert pilots do use them in competitions and during cross-country flying. In this podcast we talk about the dangers, safety, some tips and just how beautiful they are.
20 minutes | Jun 13, 2018
X-Pyr 2018 route analysis with Greg Hamerton
Greg Hamerton is well known as the Paragliding Evangelist at Flybubble UK. His videos and articles on techniques, safety and adventures are a fountain of knowledge and entertainment. Greg was a competitor in the 2016 X-pyr and here he shares some insights into the 2018 route and some tactics that the competitors might employ. There is a condensed video version of this podcast where you can follow the route on Google Earth. You can see this at X-Pyr 2018
36 minutes | May 16, 2018
Preparing to Fly
Simon Blake is a pilot from the north-west of England. Having learnt to fly paragliders, he was very diligent about noting down his flights and what he learnt from them. A few years ago he put his collected experience into a book called Prepare to Fly, with the very apt subtitle Paragliding tips I wish Id learned sooner. If you havent read it yet, its a goldmine of information for both new and old pilots. This is the authoritative guide to what you can do - in every aspect of your flying - to prepare in advance. He covers everything from packing before the next flight, equipment use, weather knowledge, flight planning, competitions, cross-country, accident management, etc. Everything you can possibly prepare for so that you can decrease your mental load and concentrate on the important things - enjoyment of flight, safety or results. Simons book covers it all!
23 minutes | Apr 27, 2018
Participating in the X-Pyr
The X-Pyr started in 2012 with just a dozen competitors. The first edition was 438km from Hondaribia on the Altantic coast to Port de la Selva on the Mediterranean. The biannual race flourished from there, with top hike and fly competitors from all over the world now coming to compete in the race. Having been an X-Alps supporter twice, Jesse Williams competed in the 2016 X-Pyr. Jesse did exceptionally well in the race... his first ever hike and fly comp and he came 5th! Beaten only by Maurer, Mayer, Durogati and Arevalo. He battled injury, but continued until the last minute. He gained a place in the X-Alps as a result and comported himself very well there too. Jesse is back for the 2018 X-pyr, with a lot more experience and a new supporter. After endless, minute preparation last time, including making his own rucksack and having loads of kit, Jesse is taking a different approach. Here he talks me though some of his thoughts on this years preparation and race, the differences between the Pyrenees and the Alps, this years route and how he hopes to make it more relaxed and fun! Please support him in his 2018 race.
45 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
Acro and the British Acrobatic Paragliding Academy
British acro pilots Lee Tryhorn, Alex Colbeck and Jack Pimblett set up the British Acro Paragliding Academy to promote the discipline and help pilots to progress in an organised, safe way. The BAPA aims to get British acro to the highest level.
14 minutes | Oct 24, 2017
Effective Coaching: Site Briefing
Every pilot has had a site briefing and most have provided one, but there is a dearth of guidance on how to effectively do one. In this podcast Judith Mole mulls over some of the critical information that should be given, how to give it and what not to do! Listening is key for the briefer, as is asking the right questions of the new pilot. Each briefing will be different, but this podcast aims to help those coaching and briefing new(er) or visiting pilots to do this in an effective way, keeping the pilot safe and our sites secure.
6 minutes | Jul 31, 2017
Ten Random Questions for... Lawrie Noctor
Originally from the Isle of Wight, Lawrie lives and flies in the Peak District. A member of a flying family (his dad, uncle and cousin all fly), he was connected to flying from a young age. He was an instructor at Airways Airports for many years, but having a proper job now means he can only get out to fly for pleasure these days. Having won the British Paragliding Cup in 2014, hes really got into comps and recently broke the UK declared tandem record with fellow young hotshot Theo Warden. He is sponsored by Cross-Country magazine. In this podcast Lawrie answers questions on the secret of his flying success, which flying site/area is top of his flying bucket list and which flying-related book he would recommend most.
10 minutes | Jun 20, 2017
Ten Random Questions for... Sebas Ospina
Juan Sebastian Ospina, commonly known as Sebas, was born in Colombia, has lived for many years in England and now lives and works as a tandem pilot in Switzerland. A member of the UK national team, he is a multiple record-holder in a variety of countries. He holds the Colombian distance record, the UK declared triangle record and is the British pilot to have flown the greatest distance abroad with a flight of 400km in Quixada, Brazil. Sebas answered questions on whom he most admires in the sport, what makes a good pilot and if he could have a wild card entry into any comp, which one would it be? This podcast was recorded in March 2016, shortly after he broke the Colombian distance record. Sebas will be competing in the world championships in 2017. We wish him good luck.
11 minutes | Jun 11, 2017
Ten Random Questions for... Tim Pentreath
Tim Pentreath is an Advance UK XC Team pilot from Bath. He has been flying for many, many years and last year finally made his first 200+ km flight in the UK - joining a small, select group of people to have achieved this. He is Mr. Advance in the SW and also keeps and informative and entertaining flying blog at https://flyaszent.wordpress.com/ In this podcast he answers questions on whether he does mental training for paragliding, his fantasy retrieve and if he could fly over any impressive building which would it be? Enjoy.
12 minutes | Apr 4, 2017
Ten Random Questions for... Dara Hogan
Dara is an Irish pilot from Dublin who describes himself as a weekend pilot rather than a Sky-God. As he approaches 70, his ambition is to fly 50km sometime soon. He is the former chairman of the Irish Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Association and a keen aerial photographer, so much so that his photos were used twice as inside covers in SkyWings in 2016. Dara answered questions on whom he admires most in flying,if hes ever dropped something in flight and what has changed over the years since he started in the early 1990s.
11 minutes | Jan 15, 2017
Ten Random Questions for... Kussy Gomez Roa
Kussy is originally from Venezuela but has lived and flown in New Zealand for many years. A skydiver and competition pilot, she nevertheless likes to do her own thing. In this podcast she answers questions on her all time PG hero, the biggest risk she has taken in flying and the most bizzare sight that she has seen on landing.
11 minutes | Nov 27, 2016
Ten Random Questions for... Malin Lobb
Malin is a pilot originally from the SW of England. He flies speed wings, paragliders and paramotors. A keen competition pilot, he has been instrumental in organising the British Paragliding Racing Academy , which aims to train up-and-coming British comp pilots. His ambition is to become an SIV instructor and to move abroad to somewhere warmer. For this podcast we asked him whether he had a lucky charm/mascot when flying, which superhero he most resembles and in three words, how he would describe his flying style.
5 minutes | Oct 31, 2016
Ten Random Questions for... Rhona Carrigan
Rhona Carrigan is a Pennine Club pilot and member of the Pennine Posse. In this podcast she answers questions on what she would change her vario tune to, whats the most frustrating thing about paragliding and how long she had been flying before she considered herself to be a proper pilot?
13 minutes | Sep 27, 2016
Ten Random Questions for... Bob Moore
Bob Moore lives and flies in the south-west of the UK. He has flown in various areas of Europe and Australia. He is retired but keeps busy with his video camera reviews which you can see on youtube here. He mentions a guiding outfit in Greoliers at the end of the podcast. More info on them here. In this podcast he answers questions on the strongest thermal he has been in, how important attitude is and the most consistent flying area in the world.
7 minutes | Aug 30, 2016
Ten Random Questions for... Gavin Jillings
Gavin Jillings runs Rose Valley Lodge in Sopot, Bulgaria. He was so taken with the place that he and his wife Lucy packed up and shipped out from Belfast to live the dream of being paragliding/motorcycling guides and restauranteurs. Gavin is a qualified BHPA instructor and runs BHPA accredited EP/CP courses in Sopot. You can see more about him and his business at http://www.rosevalleylodge.net/ He is also the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Associations Facebook admin. In this podcast Gavin answers questions on his most vivid flying dream, his favourite thing to do on a rainy day and his most scary flying experience.
36 minutes | Aug 6, 2016
Good Karma - flying and charity
Many of us travel to far-flung places to appreciate the amazing scenery, cheap drinks, food and accommodation and better flying weather than we can find at home. We are treated hospitably and are often helped by locals when we land out or are involved in an incident. So can we give something back to the communities we fly in, whether that is at home or abroad? For example, should we give to begging kids or child glider packers? Is there a sustainable way to make a difference? This podcast tells the story of the Cloudbase Foundation, KarmaFlights work in Nepal and their amazing response to the devastating earthquake, whether you should pay packing kids and how you can make a difference to the communities you fly in.
11 minutes | Jul 14, 2016
Ten Random Questions for... Greg Hamerton
Greg Hamerton is a South African pilot who lives and flies in the UK. He is the chief paragliding evangelist for Flybubble, a job he describes as perfect. And you can see why, he lives, dreams and breathes flying and all he has to do is enthuse others with the same passion. His videos are excellent and contribute much to the learning and safety of thousands of pilots. Greg likes a bit of adventure and came a very credible 8th in his first Bornes to Fly in 2016. He is the only UK competitor in the 2016 X-Pyr race, in which he will race the entire length of the mountain range from the Atlantic to the Med, by flying and hiking. He be supported by James Hope-Lang. Greg elected not to know his ten random questions in advance and we did have a good giggle during the recording. Enjoy.
10 minutes | Jul 1, 2016
Ten Random Questions for...Ollie Chitty
Ollie Chitty is a hang gliding instructor, competition pilot and British hang gliding record holder. A young pilot, he comes from a flying family and acted as ballast for his dad Nick Chitty for years. A rising star of the UK hang gliding scene, he answered questions about whether he ever tried any DIY flying when he was a kid; how he has changed as a pilot over the years and the most ridiculous thing a non-flyer has ever said to him about hang gliding.
8 minutes | Jun 17, 2016
Ten Random Questions for... Andrew Craig
Andrew Craig is a pilot from the south of England (originally from London), but now lives in Wiltshire for the better flying opportunities. A former journalist, he is one of the moderators of PG forum and a Mastermind contender. We asked him ten random questions on topics like whats the most radical manoeuvre he has done, how he celebrated his greatest success in flying so far and whether he would you fly naked if it was for charity. Find out the whole naked truth here...
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